What is the meaning of "broads" in Hemingway's short story Fifty Grand? Here's the context:
The three of us, Jack Brennan, Soldier Bartlett, and I were in Hanley’s. There were a couple of broads sitting at the next table to us. They had been drinking.
“What do you mean, kike?” one of the broads says. “What do you mean, kike, you big Irish bum?”
“Sure,” Jack says. “That’s it.”
“Kikes,” this broad goes on. “They’re always talking about kikes, these big Irishmen. What do you mean, kikes?”
“Come on. Let’s get out of here.”
Are they women? Or is there another meaning? Somehow it sounded weird to me that two women were drinking at a bar at that time and started arguing with these boxers